The Gratitude Scavenger Hunt

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Fun Ways to be Intentional about Teaching Gratitude

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Teaching Gratitude

If we want kids to be grateful, we have to find a way to teach it. And not just go through the motions of talking about it, but by being intentional and teaching them how to seek out opportunities to reflect on gratitude daily. Gratitude is something that we can show throughout the day.

Gratitude begins in the morning, is cultivated throughout the day, and is the last part of our evening.

In the Morning

The journal practice I do has me listing five things I am grateful for at the start of each entry. Focusing on gratitude above anything else frames the rest of my goals. Being grateful puts my life into perspective.

I wanted to find a way for the kids to easily express gratitude each morning and evening. Everyone has his or her mini whiteboard on the fridge that has been used for everything from a tally for chores to academic skills. Recently, I wondered how it could be used to show gratitude. It is beneficial when we can see each other’s thinking. It is neat to see the specific things that are named by each member of the family.

Throughout the Day

It is easy to shuffle around the house or school and forget about the blessings that we are surrounded by. Creating a scavenger hunt for kids to “re notice” things allows for parents and teachers to be intentional about focusing on gratitude.

As a teacher, I have students go on a gratitude scavenger hunt during the school day as well as with websites that we use in computer class. I am finding that there is always a way to incorporate gratitude into any lesson.

Scavenger Hunt

  1. Find something that makes you happy.
  2. Find something that is your favorite color.
  3. Find a book that has helped you.
  4. Find something that smells good.
  5. Find something you can use to make a gift for someone.
  6. Find something that makes you feel safe.
  7. Find a place where you enjoy spending time.
  8. Find something that makes you laugh.
  9. Find something that tastes good.
  10. Find something that makes a beautiful sound.
  11. Find something that reminds you of a special time.
  12. Find a picture of someone you are grateful for.
  13. Find something that reminds you of an accomplishment.
  14. Find something that seems like it took a long time to make.
  15. Find something that you like to read.
  16. Find something that allows you to find information.
  17. Find something that is comfortable.
  18. Find something that reminds you of kindness.
  19. Find something that makes you feel warm.
  20. Find something that helps you when you are bored.
  21. Find something that helps you see.
  22. Find something that you played with when you were younger.
  23. Find something that reminds you of a difficult experience you overcame.
  24. Find something that was given to you for a gift.
  25. Find something that you have slept on.
  26. Find something that makes you smile.
  27. Find something that reminds you of a vacation you have taken.
  28. Find something that reminds you of a unique skill you have.
  29. Find something that reminds you of your faith
  30. Find something that reminds you of the freedoms you have.

Words and Actions Matter

If we want kids to be more grateful, we have to model what expressing appreciation looks like. There might be times when it seems unnecessary and does not feel authentic, but it is still worth it.

It is our responsibility as parents and teachers to facilitate the change we wish to see in the world.  

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